“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien
We have been told for decades that food has been the foundation of happiness, love, and togetherness. But is there something we can do to spread this love outside of our home? Food can be a very tangible expression of love for not only our loved ones but for our community as well.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” – Coretta Scott King.
The community keeps our society thriving. The concept of people helping people will never get old, no matter the amount of oppression or hardship. Connections are what make us all one. It’s imperative that we do our part in bettering our community, and what better way to do that with something fun and delicious! Here are a few ways for you to make an impact in your community with food.
Nearly every neighborhood has one, the community garden. This place is usually created by a community organization and utilizes the produce from the garden to assist the community or celebrate the accomplishments and growth of the community. The community or neighborhood garden is a great place to build relationships. When people build a bond of collaboration for the greater good, it creates a connection that is unparalleled. Looking into your community garden creates a great opportunity for you to build connections through food.
Visiting your local farmers’ market
The farmers’ market always sounds like a great weekend outing with friends or that special someone. Sometimes people will simply go to pick fresh flowers or enjoy the music of local artist performing alongside merchants, but there is a great opportunity for a community to be crafted in your local farmers’ market. By title, there are many farmers (some that travel a great distance) to provide patrons with the freshest and nutritious. Week after week you can build relationships with farmers and food merchants. This will help grow your knowledge of seasonal foods and will add a healthy and delicious flair to your personal life. By connecting with your local farmers market you accomplish two great things; you build relationships with your local food community and stimulate your local economy.
Give back love using food as a tool
When the end-of-year holidays come around community and food become very important. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute your time and resources to help assist local families or individuals during this time of year. There are food pantries and organizations the provide healthy meals for those in need. Finding a local organization that does these things toward the end of the year can be a great way for you to get involved with your community for the greater good.
Food can heal. Food can restore. And most importantly, food can build a community. All it takes is a willing heart and a passion to make good in the world.